Best TV and Movies from October, 2018

Did you miss something good from October?

by Aaron Macarthy Beards Nov 2, 2018 at 11:06 AM


  • Netflix



    Big Mouth - TV Series
    Season one of Nick Kroll’s animated comedy received acclaim for its frank, yet surreal, take on teenage puberty. It returns for a second season with even more surreal elements.

    22 July - Film
    A cinematic account of the massacre of 77 people by Anders Behring Breivik in 2012. Paul Greengrass delivers a sober and unflinching account of the events.

    Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat - TV Series
    Chef and food writer Samin Nosrat’s book Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat quickly became a bestseller, when it was released in 2017. Now comes a TV series based on the same guiding principles. Nosrat travels to kitchens in Italy, Japan and Mexico to observe her method in action.

    Riverdale - TV Series
    Adaptation of the Archie comics. This is a series aimed at teens but has a large following from audiences of all ages.

    Apostle - TV Series
    This series attempts to spotlight significant stories in the careers of the likes of Sam Cooke, Johnny Cash and Jam Master Jay. First up in the series is Who Shot the Sheriff, which looks at the attempted murder of Bob Marley. New episodes will be available monthly.

    Black Lightning: Season Two - TV Series
    This DC comics adaptation is about a retired crime-fighter, Cress Williams, who returns to action. Season one of Black Lightning tackled hard topics such as gang violence and addiction. Let’s hope season two continues this dark and gritty story.

    Making a Murderer: Season Two - TV Series
    Making a Murderer's first season debuted on Netflix over the 2015 Christmas holiday. It became an overnight sensation for its gripping and controversial story. Three years later and the series creators, Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, are returning to the cases of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey as lawyers seek to overturn their guilty sentences.

    Marvel’s Daredevil : Season Three - TV Series
    The last outing for Marvel’s grittiest TV series seemed to suffer from a bit of ‘second season syndrome'. Maybe due to the absence of villain, Kingpin - Wilson Fisk, who returns here.

    Derren Brown: Sacrifice - TV Series
    The UK's top mentalist has a long list of pranks, games and mental tricks, pulled off on TV. On Channel 4, he famously tricked a series of stooges into robbing a bank. Now on Netflix, Derren Brown attempts to persuade a person to sacrifice themselves for another.

    Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh - TV Series
    OK, so Sandler’s film output to date, for Netflix, hasn't been very good, to say the least. However, critics seem to think that this new TV series, whilst not ‘100% Fresh’, is pretty good. Might be worth a look.

    Been So Long - Film
    This is a Camden set musical romance. Adapted from Ché Walker’s stage play by Junkhearts director Tinge Krishnan with songs by Doctor Who star and musician, Arthur Darvill.

    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina - TV Series
    Remember the original TV series? This new version is based on the Archie comic and is clearly intended to capture a teen demographic. The story goes; on her 16th birthday, Sabrina must choose between the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends.

    The Haunting of Hill House - TV Series
    Endorsed by none other than Stephen King himself, this latest adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House takes a different approach to the movies and is all the more rewarding for it. Seen from the double perpsective of the main protagonists' eyes both as children and then later as adults, this is one of the best TV series that nobody saw coming.


    Amazon



    The Man in the High Castle: Season Three - TV Series
    The third season sees the Nazis developing a device to travel to parallel dimensions to, of course, conquer them. The first season got good critical scores, but the second was considered, by many, as a bit of a slip.

    The Romanoffs - TV Series
    Matt Weiner’s first TV show since Mad Men. Each episode focuses on a different character who claims to be a descendant of the Romanoffs. Whilst critics haven't given this the best scores, it might be worth a watch for those looking for something new. Each episode will be released weekly.

    Lore - TV Series
    In each episode, host Aaron Mahnke, introduces a mythical creature or location. The episode then tells a story calibrated to scare you into having nightmares for a week. Just in time for Halloween.


    BBC iPlayer



    Killing Eve - TV Series
    Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s spy thriller is being touted as, potentially, the best show of 2018. Sandra Oh, the Grey’s Anatomy star, gets to flex her acting muscles. Jodie Comer stars as a cold-blooded assassin, that Oh must track down.

    The Cry - TV Series
    Jenna Coleman and Ewen Leslie star in an adaptation of 2013 novel by Helen FitzGerald. The Cry is about a missing baby. The Observer says it’s “...brilliantly watchable”. Whilst the New Statesman says “...It's horribly manipulative and stagey, and Jenna Coleman is woefully miscast.” So, divisive. But might be worth a watch.

    Doctor Who - TV Series
    A new, female, Doctor as well as a new showrunner. The show is 55 years old and fans will be hoping that it will be a return to form, after some inconsistency in the last few seasons.

    The Little Drummer Girl - TV series
    The Little Drummer Girl is based on the spy novel, of the same name, by John le Carré. So far, the first episode has garnered a positive response.

    This Country: Aftermath - TV Series
    This Country follows the lives of cousins Kerry and Kurtan Mucklowe as they attempt to find anything to do in their tiny Cotswolds village. Billed as a comedy of desperation, but well worth a watch.


    Now TV



    The Walking Dead - TV Series
    This is being billed as a transitional season, by AMC. Spoiler alert! Rick is going to leave the show, one way or another. The Walking Dead, whilst still getting big viewing numbers, has seen audiences drop over recent years. Can this season act as an audience reset?

    Supergirl – TV Series
    At 24, Kara Zor-El decides the time has come to embrace her superhuman abilities and fulfill her destiny as a hero in this drama based on the DC Comics character Supergirl. Star Trek’s Brent Spiner joins the ensemble as vice president to Lynda Carter.
    New episodes weekly.

    Arrow: Season 7 – TV Series
    Following the revelations of Season 6, Oliver looks more vulnerable than ever as Arrow enters its seventh run. New episodes weekly.


    Mubi

    Halloween season - Films

    Mubi’s season has six classic horror films, that will be drip-fed out over the Halloween period:

    It Follows starts off the list. For many, this was the best horror film of 2014, better even than Oscar-winning Get Out. Next, there’s Hammer classic, The Curse of Frankenstein, starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, followed by John Carpenter’s The Village of the Damned. After that, Mubi will have, We Are What We Are and Season of the Witch, George Romero’s early witchcraft tale. Last, but not least, there will be modern classic, The Babadook.

    Gomorrah - Film
    Based on the international best-seller of the same name by Roberto Saviano, this award-winning portrait of the contemporary Neapolitan mob scene, better known as the Camorra, depicts five separate tales of individuals caught up in a life of crime.

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